Cervical spondylosis, which can also be referred to as cervical osteoarthritis or degenerative disc disease, is a name for chronic degeneration of the discs and/or joints separating the vertebrae of the neck. It can occur anywhere in the spine. Cervical spondylosis is associated with the presence of osteophytes, or bone spurs, which are abnormal growths on the vertebrae, but is often asymptomatic in its early stages. Many individuals experience the progression of cervical spondylosis as they age, with the National Health Service estimating that most people over the age of 70 will have some degree of symptomatic degeneration. Sufferers of cervical spondylosis complain of neck pain, stiffness, trouble walking or balance problems, muscle spasms, headaches and a grinding or popping sound in the neck. While there is no treatment to reverse the degenerative process of cervical spondylosis, Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine does provide treatment options for the pain it can cause.
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the first advised medication for the management of mild symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Over-the-counter pain medication is often strong enough to minimize or eliminate the initial symptoms of cervical spondylosis.
Physical therapy is used by Genesis Orthopedics & Sports Medicine as a treatment for most types of back pain, including cervical spondylosis. As the joints and cartilage separating the cervical vertebrae gradually deteriorate, physical therapy to rehabilitate the neck and strengthen the surrounding muscles is usually an effective treatment.